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Book Review: Fear is the Key


TITLE: Fear is the Key
AUTHOR: Juggi Bhasin
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books
GENRE: Fiction ( Thriller, Suspense)
ISBN: 9780143440000



‘A bitter winter wind blowing outside spoke to me. There was no one else. And then it struck me. She might have truly disappeared! Sometimes, you get a sense of these things . . .’
It’s been one hell of a tough week at Yummimages, a digital infotainment site, with controversies seeping into the politicking within the office. To calm things down, Rahul, the founder, plans a party at his home. His goal is to set things right between his fiancée-to-be, Simone, and his business partner and close friend, Suhel. With the party in full swing it’s time for Rahul to have ‘the talk’, but suddenly Simone is nowhere to be found.
As all investigations come to naught, Rahul takes matters into his own hands and soon has a few suspects lined up. It’s just a matter of time before he knows the truth. But reality can be so twisted, so bizarre, so utterly unbelievable . . .
This book, by the creator of Agent Rana, will continue to give you chills long after you have read it.


Cleverly crafted, the book a suspense thriller takes the reader on a journey that’s sure to give one the goose bumps not because it is a murder mystery but because it has something that goes beyond the ordinary act of murder such as a slash with the knife or a bullet in the head. It is confusing and confounding. In fact it is a head- scratcher.

A few hairpin bends (twists and turns) up, one comes to a climax that’s sure to make you clap your forehead for……….it is……… I’ll leave it to you to read and analyse.

The language is simple, crisp and lucid making the read smooth- sailing. The pace is perfect and the style of narration is one best suited for a plot of this kind.

The characters are well- articulated and come across as normal human beings prone to virtues and vices. Be it the crafty Rahul with the face of a kitten and the mind of a crafty fox, the over-bearing ready to pounce lion akin Suhel, the proud as a peacock Simone or the greedy wolf of an Inspector Kripal, each one merges into the story with finesse and help take it forward without a hitch, without a bump.

In short, ‘Fear is the Key’ is sure to take the reader through a maze of alleys, alleys of glamour, glitz, deception, defeat and more…… It is a psychological thriller of sorts.


I received a copy from Writersmelonin exchange for an honest and unbiased review.’

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Book Review: Destined by Rubina Ramesh


TITLE: Destined
AUTHOR: Rubina Ramesh
GENRE: Fiction (Romance)



Esha Mehra could have taken care of her father, only if she had some support from her fiancé. But he had his priorities set and her sick father was nothing but a burden. Esha didn’t have any other choice but to apply for a loan from her office. But she had not banked on the fact that the Head of Geno Technologies needed her for other reasons.

When Rohan Sharma saw Esha for the first time, he felt she was the one. He had no intention of falling in love with her for the pain of the past was still too much to bear. But he did need Esha as a decoy to his plan. But Esha was not a damsel in distress who would bend to his will easily. While he was sure that he would marry her only for six months, he still couldn’t understand why he felt a searing jealousy every time, her ex-fiancé Ayush’s name was mentioned.

While these two souls had other plans in their lives, Destiny conspires to bring them together. But will the stench of Death let them live their lives?


Why did I pick this one up?

Hesitant at first not because I don’t have faith in the author’s writing skill but because I prefer thrillers and mythological fiction to romance, I picked this up for two reasons:

1) Curiosity. The blurb interested me. I wanted to know what fate had in store for Esha and her boss Rohan Sharma.

2) Faith in the Author’s writing. I knew she could pull off a romance well have read another romance from her desk titled Finding The Angel

So, how did I find the book?

Esha the female protagonist, comes across as a strong- willed, level head one who is not ready to buckle under pressure. She can be sweet and rude.Not ready to be cowed down either by her fiancé, his mother and boss Rohan Sharma, she knows her priorities and responsibilities. Faced with a serious situation she needs to take some hard decisions. But can she, without compromising her dignity? For that you need to read the book.

Packed with stings and barbs, selfish motives and selfless love, ‘Destined’ also has some sizzling romance scenes that are sure to go down well with lovers of romance fiction and the romantic at heart.

The characters are etched out well and you can’t but help relate to their mood and mood- swings. Even the secondary characters are strong enough to make an impact on the reader. They play a pivotal role in moving the story forward. You may hate some of them but then you can’t help agree that without them the story would lose its charm.

Language is Rubina’s forte. She knows how to play with words to bring live the scenes. ‘Destined’ too is blessed by this ability of hers. The imagery is vivid and lingers long after the story ends.

Pace is perfect. Smooth and free flowing, it is neither too fast nor too slow. So there is no scope for letting out a yawn in between the pages, nor feel that things have been rushed through. One can relax and enjoy the story.

Any suggestions from my side?

Ah! Yes. Would love those minor typographical errors at a few places here and there, corrected.


A must read, one that is destined to leave you smiling. I’m glad I picked it up. I’ll give it a 4 on a scale of 5.


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#TornadoGiveaway3 :- Book # 7-Royal Arcanum by Keefe R D.



TITLE- Royal Arcanum (The Royal Arcanum #1) AUTHOR - Keefe R.D

TITLE- Royal Arcanum
(The Royal Arcanum #1)
AUTHOR – Keefe R.D


Royals have a secret, as much as anyone else’s.

17-year-old Cathy Charlotte thought that her mom still keeping a secret about their family. Until one day, odd things are starting to happen—the white hair girl who has been haunted her dreams is coming to reality as their so-called distant relative—Sylvia Elle who acts all strange and mysterious. Meanwhile, everyone in the small town of Bisbee are welcoming a new detective—Chantel Herron who later becomes co-worker to Cathy’s dad.

A sudden circumstance has caused her mom to coma after unknown demons are failed to kidnap her. At that hard time, Sylvia Elle finally reveals herself as a guardian angel who is currently assigned to help her discovering the whole things that her mom has been keeping.

Further, she found out that Chantel is the evil witch with demons works under her command. They want to hunt Cathy for their welfare sake to empower the hidden world of Caecus by experimenting her royal blood. That magical realm is concealed behind an abandoned castle in Austria—where her mom’s family secrecy is also buried in there. Eventually, Cathy is the key to open the door and to save the world.

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#TornadoGiveaway3 :- Book # 5- The Mahabharata Code by Karthik K.B. Rao


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The Mahabharata Code
Karthik K.B. Rao


Rubina Ramesh

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“The Mahabharata Code is a personal account of the main protagonist Narayan Rao (NR), who claims to be an astronomer with NASA. NR and a few other crew members agree to take part in the NASA mission to visit this mystery planet from which they had received mysterious signals. Here, they meet a man with a long flowing white beard, and he introduces himself as Vyasa. He reveals that he has a crazy plan in mind and seeks NR and his members’ help in implementing this plan. He intends to recreate the entire Mahabharata on this planet to restore the faith of the primitive simpletons here. 

As the Mahabharata incidents start unfolding, NR realizes that Vyasa intends to recreate them page by page here, if not paragraph by paragraph. Also NR begins to realize that his son, Krishna, who is being groomed by Vyasa as Vishnu’s avatar, is nothing more than a pawn in Vyasa’s scheme of things. Other incidents of Mahabharata also unfold according to the original epic. Pandavas and Kauravas grow up hating each other and finally the restaging plan culminates with both the warring sets of cousins facing each other in the battlefield of Kurukshetra. 

Inexplicably, like the original epic, Arjuna develops cold feet seeing his own cousins, teachers and relatives on the opposite side. He seeks Krishna’s divine intervention. Is the brainwashed “alien” Krishna prepared for this intervention?”

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TITLE: The Peshwa: The Lion and the Stallion
AUTHOR: Ram Sivasankaran
PUBLISHER: Westland Ltd.
GENRE: Fiction (Historical)



One of the best I’ve come across in recent times. It brings alive the Lion and his Stallion. It is not only rich in colours but mesmerizing too.



It is the 18th century and despite the dominant Mughal rule, the Maratha Confederacy has established itself as a force to be reckoned with in the Indian Subcontinent. The fragile peace between the two powers is threatened when Balaji Vishvanath Bhat, Peshwa of the Confederacy, foils the plans of Nizam Ul Mulk of the Mughal Empire, and asserts the power of the Marathas. However, little does the Peshwa know that he has dealt the Nizam an unintended wound—one with roots in his mysterious past and one that he would seek to avenge till his last breath.

When the Peshwa surrenders his life to a terminal illness dark clouds gather over the Confederacy as it is threatened by a Mughal invasion as well as an internal rebellion.

All the while a passive spectator, the Peshwa’s son, Bajirao Bhat, now needs to rise beyond the grief of his father’s passing, his scant military and administrative experience, and his intense love for his wife and newborn son to rescue everything he holds dear. Will the young man be able to protect the Confederacy from internal strife and crush the armies of the Empire all while battling inner demons?

Will he live up to his title of Peshwa?



PLOT/STORY-LINE: A historical fiction, the book deals not only with the coming of age of Peshwa Bajirao Bhat of the Maratha Confederacy but also gives an insight into the character and statesmanship of his father Peshwa Balaji Vishvanath Bhat. The story-line is engaging. It gives us an insight into a tumultuous period in Indian history in an interesting manner with all elements of human emotion served in appropriate measure. There is romance, there is hate. There is loyalty, there is deceit. There is empathy, there is brutality. But what touches the heart is the ease with which these emotions have been served.

As the events unfold, one feels one is actually a witness to the same. Such is the imagery that is woven into the story. The author has also not forgotten to share some profound knowledge vide his characters. One such knowledge is that of the importance of family and family ties. It’s not only relevant but one which the younger generation especially the workaholics need to be reminded of.

There are twists, there are turns and of course, the author has not forgotten to add an element of surprise too, one that I’m sure no one anticipated till the end.

CHARACTERIZATION: All the characters are well fleshed out thus making them interesting and easily relatable. One can easily relate to their actions and reactions.

LANGUAGE: Simple, crisp and lucid. The smooth flow of words makes the narrative not only easy but engrossing too. The author’s mastery over the language is evident from the terms he has used and the vivid description of events that unfold in the pages of the book.

PACE: Steady till the end. At no point does the author slacken the pace nor up it.

EDITING: Perfect.


Someone help!! I’m not able to pin-point anything that did not work for me.


RECOMMENDATION: What if I say, “I’d love to read this book over and over again?” I hope you’ve got the cue. Pick it up. You will enjoy it.

RATING: 5 on 5! Nothing less.


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Born in Madras (now Chennai) India, Ram Sivasankaran spent most of his life abroad – largely in the Middle East and the United States of America.

Introduced to the world of stories that included Hindu legends and the great epics and classics of both India and the West, Ram developed a keen interest in stories of valor, heroism, chivalry, beauty and romance.

A day-dreamer of sorts, Ram believes deeply in the power of imagination – the mind being the canvas on which even the seemingly talentless can create new universes, resurrect eras long gone by, bring the gods to life and even resurrect heroes and damsels of yore.

‘The Peshwa’ is Ram’s debut novel.



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Consistency is the key to success



There is always a first time and this is one such first. Guess what? I’m hosting my very first guest author today on my blog. She is none other that the author par excellence and a great human being. She is ………….Ms Sundari Venkitaraman. To know more about this amazing personality  CLICK HERE



Now without wasting more time get ready to read what she has to say on ‘success.’

” Hi Geeta,

Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog. I am truly honoured that mine will be the first guest post on your blog.

I hope you and your blog readers will enjoy what I am going to talk about here – Consistency is the key to success – of course, from the point of view of an author.

When I began writing, it was like a bolt of lightning had hit me out of the blue. Within six months I had written three novels; the third being The Madras Affair. But getting my books published was a different ball game. I tried a number of publishers in India as well as abroad. But there were no takers.

I gave up, only for a while, to take up a job. But it looks like writing is my “swadharma” and I began blogging voraciously. This really gave me a lot of practice. I have around 700 articles on my blogs.

Soon, to motivate myself to write, I began to publish my novels as series on my blog. It was very encouraging when I had a group of people eagerly awaiting my forthcoming chapter every Friday. By now, I know I had a regular fan following.

And in 2014, egged on by Rubina Ramesh, I published my own books on Amazon. I must say that that was the best decision of my life. Three novels and one anthology of short stories are doing roaring business till today and are still on the bestseller charts of

This opened up yet another opportunity in 2015. Readomania came forward to publish The Madras Affair. It was a dream come true to see my book in print.

All these years of “never giving up” has finally borne fruit. Have I reached the end of my journey? Of course not!!!

Look out for my next in 2016!

Warm Regards,


Thanks Sundari, wishing you a great 2016 and many, many years of fruitful writing.

The Bestseller She Wrote- Book Review




TITLE: –The Bestseller She Wrote
AUTHOR:- Ravi Subramanian
PUBLISHER:- Westland Ltd.
GENRE- Fiction (Suspense)




Eye-catching and apt!





Paperback king, Aditya Kapoor’s life is straight out of a modern man’s fantasy. His literary stardom is perfectly balanced by a loving wife and a spectacular career. With everything he touches turning to gold, Aditya is on a winning streak.

Shreya Kaushik is a student with a heart full of ambition. Young, beautiful, and reckless, Shreya speaks her mind and obsessively chases after what she wants. And what she wants is to be a bestselling author.

What happens when their worlds collide? Is it possible to love two people at the same time? Can real ambition come in the way of blind passion? Can trust once broken, be regained?

Master storyteller Ravi Subramanian, delves into the glitzy world of bestsellers and uncovers a risky dalliance between a superstar novelist and his alluring protégé.

The Bestseller She Wrote is a combustible cocktail of love, betrayal and redemption.


STORYLINE:- Interesting and riveting! The book deals not only with ambition and success, but also has fair measures of romance, blind faith, deceit, adultery, back-stabbing, blackmailing, etc. etc. woven into it. It

Aditya, the protagonist, is a devoted husband and adorable father till he is enamoured by the young and vivacious Shreya who has a hidden agenda. One ready to go to any length to reach the top and achieve fame, Shreya befriends the protagonist who is also a bestseller. What follows is clever manipulation. Aditya finds himself in an unenviable position. His life takes a course downhill and is in shambles. His career and reputation are at stake and all that he holds dear starts slipping away from his hands like sand. In short he is on the brink of destruction. All his efforts to set things right are in vain thanks to some ill-advised moves and attempts at back-stabbing by quarters close to him.

The author not only takes on a virtual tour of the world of publishing but also introduces us to the shoddy side of the corporate world where there are neither permanent friends nor permanent foes. It also shows us how rejection can drive one crazy.

Packed with drama, deceit and emotions the story has some interesting twists and turns and also throws up some surprises. The climax was totally unexpected.

CHARACTERIZATION:- All the characters are well fleshed out. Their strengths, their weaknesses are brilliantly displayed. In fact one can easily relate to them, their emotions and actions. They bring live the story.

LANGUAGE: – Language is simple, crisp and lucid. No hard-hitting jargon to boggle the mind, nor pebbles in the form of typos/ grammatical errors to take away the taste.

STYLE:- Told in third person, the narrative was engrossing.

PACE:- Slow at first but gradually picked up. In fact in the latter half one found events seem to tumble forth one after the other so fast that one had to catch ones’ breath, go back a couple of times and re-read to be able to connect. But to be honest this did not in any way affect my view about the book simply because the twists and turns held my interest.




An interesting read I give the book 3.5 on a scale of 5. Why so? Well I’ve read the author’s ‘God is a Gamer’ by which he has set a standard for himself. This one fell short by a few notches of the standard.


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Couldn’t help quoting these few lines that I picked up at 

“Relationships-of all kinds-are like sand held in your hand. Held loosely, with an open hand, the sand remains where it is. The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to hold on, the sand trickles through your fingers. You may hold onto some of it, but most will be spilled. A relationship is like that. Held loosely, with respect and freedom for the other person, it is likely to remain intact. But hold too tightly, too possessively, and the relationship slips away and is lost.”






Described as the ‘John Grisham of banking’, by the Wall Street Journal, Ravi Subramanian, an alumnus of IIM Bangalore, is a bestselling author having authored bestsellers like If God was a Banker (2007), Devil in Pinstripes (2009), The Incredible Banker (2011), The Bankster (2012), Bankerupt (2013) and God is a Gamer—based on financial crime.

Having been a banker himself, he has a unique insight into the industry he writes about and a flair for spinning intricate plots that keep readers on the edge of their seats

His debut novel, If God was a Banker, won the 2008 Golden Quill Readers’ Choice Award and, more recently, The Incredible Banker won the 2011 Economist-Crossword Book Award in the ‘Popular’ category. He won the Crossword book award for The BANKSTER in 2012.

With ‘The Bestseller She Wrote,’ Ravi Subramanian makes his entry into an entirely different territory i.e love, betrayal and romance.


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TITLE: Chronicler of the Undead
AUTHOR: Mainak Dhar
PUBLISHER:Westland Ltd.
GENRE: Fiction





When there were still people around to talk to, I would introduce myself as a drinker with a writing problem. It sounded witty at the time, and certainly got a smile once in a while from the ladies. None of that matters now. There are no people left to read my books, and nobody left to listen to my attempts at wit.

Now it’s just me, sitting in my house on the hill, watching the undead rampage through what we humans once called our world. I sometimes wonder why I still live when those much younger, stronger, smarter and fitter than me perished. Maybe it’s just dumb luck. But maybe I am being left alive for a purpose. Nobody may have cared much for my novel, but maybe this is what I was meant to write. Maybe this is what I was meant to be.

The chronicler of the undead.

This is my story.




The Story: – Interesting and intriguing the story takes one on a journey of an entirely new world, one where people are going berserk biting/ killing people just like rabid dogs. The entire human race is in danger of these ‘Undead’ or the ‘Moreko’ as the Chronicler a disabled and embittered ex- soldier calls them.

The book written as journal entries is not only the ‘Chronicle of the Undead’ but also a ‘Chronicle of the Few Living’. It highlights their struggle for survival and camaraderie in trying times . While the Undead are rendered insane and are bereft of pain or feelings of any kind except the fear of fire, the living undergo untold sufferings in the form of evil Godmen, Moreko, Mahdi, shortage of food, water, clothing and shelter, etc. What bind them is the desire to survive at any cost, the never –say- die attitude of the Chronicler and the leadership of Negi a guy years younger to the Chronicler yet a born leader.

The story has its fair measure of twists and turns as well as romance. The climax was unexpected. I’m looking forward to a sequel of the chronicle, one that gives an account of the remaining humans i.e. the ‘Living’ post the apocalypse.

Characterization:- The character of the Chronicler is well developed. His strengths and weakness are drawn up perfectly thus making it easy for the reader to relate with him, his actions and thought process.

Language, Style and Pace:- Language is simple and crisp. Told in first person, the story hooks one from the word ‘go’. The different shades of human emotions are depicted well thereby making it easy for the reader to connect with the cast and the unenviable position they are in.

The pace is perfect. At no stage did I feel my interest wane.


Language:- Frequent usage of the word ‘shit’ had me wrinkling my nose. Felt it could be avoided. It was the only irritant in the entire book.

Characterization:- Wish the characters of the rest of the cast were fleshed out as well as that of the main protagonist. It would have added value to the story.


Don’t know if the author thought of it when penning the book, but to me the story was a virtual depiction of the brighter side of human life. It is the tale of resilience. The book portrays man’s ability to discover his inner strength in tough times and rise to the demands of the situation as one. It also proves the adage, ‘United we stand,’ true.


An engrossing read that’s capable of keeping the reader on edge till the very end. I give the book 4 on a scale of 5.




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A cubicle dweller by day and a writer by night, Mainak Dhar’s first ‘published’ work was a stapled collection of Maths solutions and poems which he sold to his classmates in Grade 7 to earn that little pocket money that would buy him the pleasure of ice creams and comics. This small beginning was followed by greater achievements. He went on to becoming a bestselling author. In March 2013 he struck ‘gold’ (Read ‘fame’) when he momentarily surpassed Stephen King and become #1 Horror author on Amazon.

Mainak Dhar has seventeen books to his credit, including bestselling Alice in Deadland series. The same is being made into a television series in the United States.

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You are the Best Wife by Ajay K Pandey- A Review


TITLE: You are the Best Wife
AUTHOR: Ajay K Pandey
PUBLISHER: Srishti Publishers
GENRE: Memoir(True Love Story)



Touching and at the same time eye-catching and revealing. It makes one want to pick up the book and explore the story within the covers.


This is a true inspiring story of the author and his struggle with life. He struggled in almost every part of his life, but when his life seemed to be falling in place, his beloved wife left him halfway and her last word, ‘You are the best husband.’ gave him the strength to live with. He decided to pull off all her unaccomplished duties and made it a target to thrive for the rest of his life.

Told with frankness and doses of humor this heart-warming tale of a boy and a girl who never gave up on their love in face of the many blows that life deals them ends on a bittersweet and poignant note as Ajay comes to terms with the biggest lesson life has to offer.

‘You are best wife.’ is Author’s story—a story of how he lost his wife, his nerve-wracking and unimaginably terrifying journey through denial, resentment, and depression to, finally, acceptance and forgiveness.

The story is based on Ajay K Pandey and Bhavna’s life-journey and their love story.


Straight from the heart hence, touching and relatable, the book starts on a humorous note where we see the author reminisce his college days, the ragging mania that gripped his seniors at IERT, the nightmarish nights he and his friends endured till the freshers’ day, his attempt at wooing his classmate who ultimately became his life partner, etc. Later we get a taste of Indian society, its caste equations, egos, etc., but what stands out is the fact that ultimately love prevails and all other things fade away. Though the first half is hilarious at places and introduces us to the lighter moments in the author’s life, the second half makes us realize the vagaries of life. But then as they say, “All good things must come to an end”, so too does this story.

While the first half will bring a smile to the eyes, the second half which is raw with emotions starting from hope to frustration to utter helplessness and loss will moisten them. The agony of seeing one’s beloved suffer, and not be able to do anything to ease the pain is brought out well so too is the author’s reaction to the loss.

What I liked best was the ending. The author finally draws strength from his loss and decides to move on instead of becoming a ‘Devdas.’ He finds his calling in the underprivileged children and decides to contribute his might to their education and well-being. This is the best tribute he can give to his beloved, his wife.

Language is simple and easy to understand, very much like the plot which is simple and straight.


A simple and easy read, one that’s sure to moisten your eyes, I’ll give this 4 on a scale of 5.




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An Engineering graduate in Electronics from IERT (Allahabad) and MBA holder from IIMM (Pune), Ajay K Pandey is currently working with Cognizant Pune. He finds joy and draws inspiration from TTR i.e. travelling, trekking and reading. ‘You are the Best Life’ is his debut novel. In fact it is his story.


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In the words of the author: Maybe ‘a murder mystery with historical flavour’ …….. Maybe just ‘murder mystery’ is better still.

But why ‘The Crows of Agra?’ That too is part of the mystery.



The year is 1562 A.D.

Just into his twentieth year, Akbar readies himself to emerge from behind the veil and stake his claim to the Mughal throne.

But the figure of his regent, Bairam Khan, looms large in his path. After an exchange of blows and wits, Bairam Khan is subdued. Akbar forgives him, and forces upon him a pilgrimage to Mecca. On the eve of his departure, Bairam Khan is found murdered in his chamber.

With the help of Mahesh Das — a Brahmin who Akbar has befriended — Akbar must find out who killed Bairam Khan. But in the insidious Mughal court — a hotbed of intrigue and suspicion — danger lurks at every step. One false step could cost them their lives.


PLOT: Wonderful and gripping the story revolves around the murder of Bairam Khan father figure to Akbar and the Regent of Agra on the eve of his departure to the Holy city of Mecca. Mahesh Das, a new entrant in Akbar’s life is entrusted the task of finding the murderer. Now starts the story full of twists and turns, intrigue and back stabbing. Each of the suspects is open about their animosity towards the Regent; each of them would wish him dead. Then who did it? To know that one has to read till the end. I loved the climax.

In short, this one is a typical whodunit story.

However if one is to see the story in its historical perspective, one is sure to find certain anomalies like the ladies of the royal family entertaining men other than family members in their private chambers and that too unveiled. But then the author has taken bail in the beginning itself by making it known that he has taken certain liberties with the characterization and known facts of how the Mughals lived to fulfill the demands of the tale. He requests that the reader focus more on the story than on the historicity.

CHARACTERIZATION: The characters are well etched with all their imperfections. The only thing I missed in particular was Mahesh Das’s typical sense of humour one that is he is acclaimed for in history. That would have added spice to the story.

LANGUAGE: Simple and easy to understand. However there are a few typos and grammatical errors that need to be taken care of before the book goes into reprint.

PACE: Perfect.


An enjoyable and light read, I give the book a 4 on a scale of 5.



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Sharath Komarraju is an author of fiction and nonfiction. An Ex- software engineer Sharath is now into writing writes full-time. To know more about Sharath’s books click HERE

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